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EHP's policy on integrity of published research.

Tilson HA, Schroeder JC - Environ. Health Perspect. (2009)

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Fifteen years ago, Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) stated in its Instructions to Authors that scientific integrity would be considered as part of the review process... EHP, like many other journals, is concerned that groups or individuals providing financial support might exercise controlling authority regarding the design, conduct, interpretation, or publication of research... Such controlling authority could have a corrosive effect on the independence of the individual scientist to conduct research in accordance with the principles of the scientific method... In 2004, Dr. Thomas Goehl, the Editor-in-Chief of EHP at the time, wrote an editorial outlining several key principles concerning how the journal viewed the issue of scientific integrity: Contributors to the journal should be aware that the potential for competing financial interests could be present regardless of whether an actual conflict exists... This principle allows for the information to be available to everyone so that the reader can make his or her own judgment about the relationship... Disclosing potential competing financial interests does not automatically diminish the credibility of the research... In his editorial clearly articulated the journal’s view with regard to competing interests; that is, authors should make full disclosure of potential and actual competing financial interests... Furthermore, Goehl announced that the journal would impose a 3-year ban on publication for authors who willfully failed to disclose a competing financial interest... The current policy is available in EHP’s Instructions to Authors (available at http://www.ephonline.org/docs/admin/ita.html)... We should also note that EHP is sometimes confronted with issues regarding potential research misconduct, such as plagiarism or data fabrication... Authors should be aware that EHP routinely evaluates each manuscript for possible plagiarism... Documented cases of plagiarism or data fabrication could lead to a 3-year ban on future publication by the authors or retraction of the paper... Journals must make every effort to ensure that the integrity of published research is not tainted... If policy makers and the public were to lose confidence in the scientific process, regaining it would be a formidable challenge.

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EHP's policy on integrity of published research.

Tilson HA, Schroeder JC - Environ. Health Perspect. (2009)

Hugh A. Tilson
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Fifteen years ago, Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) stated in its Instructions to Authors that scientific integrity would be considered as part of the review process... EHP, like many other journals, is concerned that groups or individuals providing financial support might exercise controlling authority regarding the design, conduct, interpretation, or publication of research... Such controlling authority could have a corrosive effect on the independence of the individual scientist to conduct research in accordance with the principles of the scientific method... In 2004, Dr. Thomas Goehl, the Editor-in-Chief of EHP at the time, wrote an editorial outlining several key principles concerning how the journal viewed the issue of scientific integrity: Contributors to the journal should be aware that the potential for competing financial interests could be present regardless of whether an actual conflict exists... This principle allows for the information to be available to everyone so that the reader can make his or her own judgment about the relationship... Disclosing potential competing financial interests does not automatically diminish the credibility of the research... In his editorial clearly articulated the journal’s view with regard to competing interests; that is, authors should make full disclosure of potential and actual competing financial interests... Furthermore, Goehl announced that the journal would impose a 3-year ban on publication for authors who willfully failed to disclose a competing financial interest... The current policy is available in EHP’s Instructions to Authors (available at http://www.ephonline.org/docs/admin/ita.html)... We should also note that EHP is sometimes confronted with issues regarding potential research misconduct, such as plagiarism or data fabrication... Authors should be aware that EHP routinely evaluates each manuscript for possible plagiarism... Documented cases of plagiarism or data fabrication could lead to a 3-year ban on future publication by the authors or retraction of the paper... Journals must make every effort to ensure that the integrity of published research is not tainted... If policy makers and the public were to lose confidence in the scientific process, regaining it would be a formidable challenge.

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